The Military Spouse JD Network is an international network of legal professionals improving the lives of military families. We advocate for licensing accommodations for military spouses, including bar membership without additional examination. MSJDN includes military spouses and partners from all branches of the United States Military: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy as well as spouses of retired service members and legal and military organizations who support our mission.

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New Military Spouse Rule Adopt…

New Military Spouse Rule Adopted in New Jersey

Today, the New Jersey Supreme Court announced the adoption of Rule 1:27-4, “Temporary Admission… Read More

Josie Beets

1 week ago

 

Houston Hearts Heroes: Celebr…

Houston Hearts Heroes: Celebration and Advocacy in Action

July 8, 2014 was proclaimed Reda Hicks Day by Houston Mayor Annise Parker.  The official proclam… Read More

Natalie Wilson

1 week ago

 

MSJDN nominates Justice Sandee…

MSJDN nominates Justice Sandee Marion for the Sarah T. Hughes Women La…

MSJDN is pleased to announce our nomination of Justice Sandee Marion to receive the Sarah T. Hug… Read More

Elizabeth Jamison

1 month ago

 

Colorado Becomes Ninth State t…

Colorado Becomes Ninth State to Support Military Spouse Attorneys with…

It has been an exciting few weeks for Military Spouse JD Network, with the announcements of a rule… Read More

Reda Hicks

1 month ago

 

Massachusetts Becomes Second S…

Massachusetts Becomes Second State to Voluntarily Enact Military Spous…

The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners has voluntarily enacted a military spouse attorney licensi… Read More

Elizabeth Jamison

2 months ago

 

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Our Mission:

MSJDN supports military spouses by:
- Advocating for licensing accommodations, including bar membership without additional examination,
- Providing education about the challenges facing military families,
- Encouraging hiring military spouses, and
- Providing a support network.
- MSJDN includes military spouses and partners from all branches of the United States Military: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy as well as spouses of retired service members and legal and military organizations who support our mission.

The Barriers:
Geographic Insecurity
Military Families are geographically insecure, moving every two to three years, often with tours overseas. These moves are based on the needs of the U.S. government, and are mandatory for the service-member. Although the spouse and children may technically refuse to move, this causes obvious hardships on families already often separated by deployments.

Legal Profession
Attorneys are required to be licensed in each state where they practice. Licensing can take up to a year, sometimes more, for the application, character and fitness review, bar examination, and processing. Licensing can cost $4,000 to $5,000 each time for preparation materials and fees. All gaps in employment must be justified on bar applications and can cause delays in admission.

What this means for our Members
It is not unusual for our members to have taken 3 or 4 different bar examinations. Less than 1/3 of MSJDN members have full-time legal employment. Half of MSJDN members are unemployed and actively looking for work, under-employed in non-attorney positions as paralegals/secretaries, or can only find part-time work. MSJDN members report that the biggest challenge to finding and keeping employment is frequent moves and lack of portable employment opportunities.

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